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Istanbul’s Organic Bazaars

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If you’d rather help small producers rather than buy your organic produce from supermarket chains, head to one of the city’s organic bazaars. Remember to take a large backpack (or something like it) to carry all the produce in.  

Asian Side:

Kadıköy: Wednesdays at Özgürlük Parkı in Selamiçeşme. It’s a small bazaar but has everything from vegetables, fruits, cheese, olives, and chicken to home-made healthy breads, honey, cleaning products, and personal care. The bazaar is very calm and you won’t hear any sellers screaming to sell their products.

Kartal: Held right by the neighborhood’s square on Sundays, the bazaar’s selection is a bit more varied, and includes herbal oils and toys, to name a few. Ecological workshops are held here as well.

European Side:

Feriköy: The city’s first organic bazaar, the Feriköy Organic Bazaar is perhaps the most popular one on the European Side. Many organic food markets and restaurants shop here as well. They have quite a wide selection of groceries as well as cleaning products, and it’s pretty big with nearly 300 stalls. It’s held on Saturdays and it’s best to go early to avoid crowds. It’s located right next to Babylon Bomonti at the municipality’s car park on Bomonti Caddesi and Lala Şahin Sokak.

Zeytinburnu: The organic bazaar here is set up right next to the Topkapı Merkezefendi Camii on Saturdays. There is a free parking space right next to it for those who’ll be driving.

Beylikdüzü: Saturdays on Anadolu Caddesi near Beylik Pazarı.

Bakırköy: Held on Fridays at the car park behind Airport Shopping Centre. Head early to avoid crowds.

Küçükçekmece: On Sundays at Avena Park Shopping Centre’s car park. It’s huge so beware.

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